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SolarWorld and PC-AERO Unveil Two New Solar-Powered Airplanes

Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On April 23, 2013 @ 5:53 pm In Environment,Green Technology,Innovation,News,Renewable Energy | 3 Comments

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SolarWorld [2] and PC-Aero [3] just announced plans to launch two new solar-powered electric aircraft at the AERO Global Show for General Aviation [4] in Friedrichshafen, Germany this month. The show, scheduled to begin tomorrow, will feature the SolarWorld eOne prototype aircraft and an improved Elektra One Solar [5].

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The new Electra One Solar is an improved version of the PC-Aero’s Electric Aircraft Elektra One, upgraded with a longer wind span and 6 square-meter solar cells on the wing surface. More than 1 kW of power necessary for flying is generated by the solar cells [7], while the onboard Li-Ion batteries [8] provide additional 1.5 kW. The aircraft which weighs just around 100kg without the batteries can fly more than eight hours straight, with a maximum range of 1,000 kilometers at the speed of 100 kmph. The aircraft’s body is entirely made from carbon composite materials.

Designed by SolarWorld, with the support from PC-Aero, SolarWorld eOne is a one-seater prototype aircraft [9] which also uses solar harvesting technology. The aircraft features a 16kw engine Thanks to its lightweight body made from carbon composite materials, the aircraft features a 16 kW engine, although only 2.5 kW is needed to get the plane airborn.

+ SolarWorld [10]

+ PC-AERO [3]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/04/SolarWorld-eOne-0.jpg

[2] SolarWorld: http://www.solarworld-usa.com/

[3] PC-Aero: http://www.pc-aero.de/

[4] AERO Global Show for General Aviation: http://www.aero-expo.com/aero-en/visitors/news/AERO-is-the-global-home-base-of-general-aviation.php

[5] Elektra One Solar: http://inhabitat.com/elektra-one-solar-plane-now-comes-with-its-own-photovoltaic-charging-trailer/

[6] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/04/Solar-World-eOne-3.jpg

[7] solar cells: http://inhabitat.com/sharps-concentrator-solar-cell-sets-43-5-conversion-efficiency-record/

[8] Li-Ion batteries: http://inhabitat.com/south-korean-scientists-develop-worlds-first-bendable-lithium-ion-battery/

[9] prototype aircraft: http://inhabitat.com/fuel-efficient-aeroscraft-airship-prototype-nearing-completion/

[10] + SolarWorld: http://www.solarworld.de/nc/presse/sunday-pressedienst/alle-artikel-sunday-pressedienst-ausgabe-12012/sunday-artikelansicht/article/der-sonne-entgegen/?cHash=f83517c1f22c375d54c0143a216ea5fd&sword_list%5B0%5D=eone

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